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Our Academy has continued to grow and now boasts over 10 different courses, events and masterclasses, each tailored to a different stage in your self-build journey. In addition to our courses we have developed an extensive knowledge base and the information provided in our articles is a great place to start your learning. We cover a range of popular topics including: plots, finance, planning permission and house design.

Appearing soon on Facebook LIVE ...

Join our Managing Director, Mark Stevenson, and our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in our Facebook LIVE sessions. Coming soon:

29th Sept - Energy Efficiency: The Basics
6th Oct - The Build Process Explained
13th Oct - Thinking about Your Floorplan
20th Oct - What Comes After the Timber Frame?

All sessions start at 7.30pm @ www.facebook.com/PottonSelfBuild

We’ve got plenty more content planned for the coming weeks and are trying hard to come up with new ways to help and inspire you - so be sure to follow us, subscribe and keep checking back for more.


 
What Comes After the Timber Frame?

What Comes After the Timber Frame?

Facebook LIVE | 20th October 2020
Join our Managing Director, Mark Stevenson, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 20th October.

With all the talk of design, planning, and timber frames, it's easy to forget that the erection of the timber frame isn't the end of the story. There's still a lot of things to be done before your house becomes liveable. Mark will discuss what comes next once your superstructure is complete.

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Thinking about your Floorplan

Thinking about Your Floorplan

Facebook LIVE | 13th October 2020
Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 13th October.

If you want to design and build your own home, you've probably put a bit of thought into how you want it to be laid out. The floor plan is one of the first things to discuss at the design stage of your project. 
Paul will explain how best to start thinking about laying out your new home. 

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The Build Process Explained

The Build Process Explained

Facebook LIVE | 6th October 2020
Join our Managing Director, Mark Stevenson, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 6th October.

The good news is that you don't have to know anything about construction beforehand to self build your own home. Mark will take you through the specific build process of a Potton timber-frame build, so you'll know exactly what happens when. 

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Energy Efficiency: The Basics

Energy Efficiency: The Basics

Facebook LIVE | 29th September 2020
Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 29th September.

Energy efficiency is a big concern and will only become more important. The vast majority of self builders now request some form of energy efficiency in their designs, so it's a good idea to gain an understanding of what energy efficiency is and what the options are. That's where Paul comes in. He'll explain the basics of energy efficiency so you'll know where you stand.

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Getting Ready to Start Building

Facebook LIVE | 22nd September 2020
Join our Managing Director, Mark Stevenson, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 22nd September.

So you've got land, got a design, and got planning. Now it's time for the fun to begin. Before our timber frame erectors can turn up at your site, though, there are a few things that need to be in place. There can be a lot to remember when you're setting up your site, and Mark will take you through everything you need.

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De-Mystifying the Planning Process

Facebook LIVE | 15th September 2020
Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 15th September.

Mentioning planning to a burgeoning self builder might elicit a cold sweat or shiver of dread. Luckily, Paul can allay your fears and hopefully show you that the process isn't as awful as public opinion suggests! 

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Self Build Questions

Facebook LIVE | 8th September 2020
Join our Managing Director, Mark Stevenson, and our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 8th September.

This week we've got a special Live in store. Join Mark AND Paul for a general Q & A on self building, timber frames, planning, the Potton service, and just about anything else self-build related that you fancy!

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Self Building: Where Do I Start?

Facebook LIVE | 1st September 2020
Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 1st September.

The world of self build can seem confusing and/or intimidating. There's a lot to do, and you might be feeling a little frazzled trying to order it all. Luckily, Paul's ready to help you make sense of it all.

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Why Timber Frame?

Facebook LIVE | 25th August 2020
Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 25th August.

Timber frame is one of the oldest construction methods. These days, the long heritage of timber frames is combined with modern technology to create a build system that's fast, cost effective, and well-insulated. Paul will take you through exactly what makes timber-frame construction so special.

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Is It a Plot or Not?

Facebook LIVE | 18th August 2020
Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 18th August.

Join Paul for a discussion on how to identify a plot that's suitable for building. He'll go through the ins and outs of plothunting, advising you on what to look out for and what to avoid.⁠

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How Much Will My Self Build Cost?

Facebook LIVE | 11th August 2020
Join our Managing Director, Mark Stevenson, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 11th August.

When considering a self build, it's only sensible to think long and hard about where the money will come from, and how much you can afford to spend. Mark will go through a breakdown of all the costs involved in a self build, so you can know exactly what goes where.

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What Should a Designer Do for My Project?

Facebook LIVE | 4th August 2020
Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 4th August.

Designing a house is often one of the things self builders most look forward to. As few people have experience in house design, it's vital that you communicate clearly with your designer to ensure you get the most out of building your dream home. Paul will tell you how to get the most out of your relationship with your designer, and what they should be doing for you.

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Working with Project Managers and Builders

Facebook LIVE | 28th July 2020
Join our Managing Director, Mark Stevenson, in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 28th July.

Mark will compare and contrast the pros and cons of working with Project Managers and Builders, and discuss how you could or should work with both. He’ll equip you with the knowledge you need to make the best choice for your build, explain how to make yourself a good client, and explain what to do if something goes wrong!

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Keeping Self Build Safe

Facebook LIVE | 21st July 2020
Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 21st July.

The words 'Health & Safety' fill most people with dread, but the Construction Design & Management Regulations are there for a reason and can also help you build to a better quality. Paul will take you through how to keep your project safe and show you that there's really nothing to be scared of.

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How to Prepare a Design Brief

Facebook LIVE | 14th July 2020
Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman in our FACEBOOK LIVE event at 7:30pm on Tuesday 14th July.

The design brief is probably the bit that self builders look forward to most (apart from living in their finished product at the end, of course). Paul will take you through how you get all those great ideas down on paper, ensuring your design brief fulfills your needs while meeting planning requirements.

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I've Got Planning - Where Do I Start?

Facebook LIVE | 7th July 2020
Planning permission is one of the biggest hurdles you'll face as a self builder. Once the relief has worn off when you pass it, you might be wondering where exactly you go from there. Luckily, Paul's ready to go through everything you need to do once you've got planning permission.

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Self-Build Myths - Busted

Facebook LIVE | 30th June 2020
Think you already know a few things about self building? Think again. Paul goes through a lot of common misconceptions about self building, and the facts behind the myths.

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Building Regulations: The Basics

Facebook LIVE | 23rd June 2020
Building Regulations are intended primarily to keep us safe and healthy in our homes and other buildings. They provide minimum standards for construction and performance, but don’t for an instant think that the building Control officer is there to manage your build for you or check the quality of everything – they’re not. In the session Paul will give a whistle-stop tour of the regulations in England and identify some of the key things that we check and the building control team will look for.

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How to Win a Planning Consent

Facebook LIVE | 16th June 2020
Paul will be discussing all things planning. It can be a difficult process to understand, much less navigate, but with our guidance all should become clear.

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How to Build on a Budget

Facebook LIVE | 9th June 2020
Mark will be discussing anything and everything you can do to cut build costs to make sure your self-build project stays on budget and you stay stress free.

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24 Things to Do Before You Start Onsite

Facebook LIVE | 2nd June 2020
Mark will be going through a prestart checklist, detailing everything you should have in place before the work begins onsite.

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Energy Efficiency Explained

Facebook LIVE | 26th May 2020
​Paul will be discussing all things energy. Almost all our customers are interested in designing and constructing an energy-efficient new home with low running costs and warm, comfortable internal conditions. In the UK our Building Regulations set minimum performance standards but for most self builders that is not good enough. Paul will explain some of the fundamental principals behind constructing an energy-efficient home and so that you can set the level of performance that is right for you.

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How to Buy and Value a Plot of Land

Facebook LIVE | 19th May 2020
Finding a suitable plot for a self-build project is one of the hardest steps in any self builder's journey. Luckily, Mark is here to unpick the process for you, advising on what (and what not!) to look for. 

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Choosing the Right Build System

Facebook LIVE | 14th May 2020
What is a build system and how do I know which one's right for me? Paul will explain the benefits of each of our three build systems. He'll compare the pros and cons of timber-based systems with those of masonry methods, so you can decide on the right system for your build. Join Paul @ 7:30pm 14th May to discover the best option for you.

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Renovate or Replace?

Facebook LIVE | 12th May 2020
“Knock down and rebuild” or “building a replacement dwelling” is one of the commonest ways our customers go about creating their new self build home. Is it the right route for you? Join Potton's Managing Director @ 7:30pm 12th May to discover the best option for you.

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How To Design Your Dream Home

Facebook LIVE | 7th May 2020
Don't let the lockdown slow you down! Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman in our FACEBOOK LIVE event 'How to design your dream home' at 7:30pm on Thursday 7th May.

Paul will be covering the work needed to get from a design that has planning permission to one that can be built and how to choose the right build system.

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How to Appraise a Plot of Land

Facebook LIVE | 5th May2020
Don't let the lockdown slow you down! Join our Managing Director, Mark Stevenson in  our FACEBOOK LIVE event 'HOW TO APPRAISE A PLOT OF LAND' at 7:30pm on the 5th May.

In this session we’ll explain our plot appraisal model. The model works in a circular manner and provides a structure around which you can identify and consider your needs, those of the plot and what the planners might allow and require. It then gets you to assess and understand the construction risks and commercial consequences of progressing with your build. Ultimately it helps you make the decision – “Is this the right plot for me”.

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Top 20 Ways To Find A Plot Of Land

Facebook LIVE | 1st May2020
Don't let the lockdown slow you down! Join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman in our FACEBOOK LIVE event 'Top 20 Ways To Find A Plot' at 7:30pm on Friday 1st May.

This is a run down of our top 20 ways to find a plot of land to build on. By doing these and being flexible with location and design we’re pretty confident you’ll get your project moving. Some might be obvious other undoubtedly less so.

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How to Project Manage Your Build

Facebook LIVE Catch-Up | 29th April 2020

Don't let the lockdown slow you down! Join our Managing Director, Mark Stevenson in our FACEBOOK LIVE Introduction on How To Project Manage Your Self Build at 7:30pm on Wednesday 29th April.

Mark will be covering key topics, including build route options, project managers, managing documentation, planning and programming, finance and quality.

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Intro to Self Build & Finding Land

Facebook LIVE Catch-Up | 7th April 2020

Don't forget to join our Self Build Director, Paul Newman in our LIVE Introduction to Self-Build & Finding Land at 7:30pm on Tuesday 7th April.
Paul will be covering key topics, including finding land, designing your home, getting planning permission and how to build a timber frame home.

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